Cov­ered with love

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

What started as a small idea ended in a mas­sive project for the Mata­mata Patch­work and Quil­ters group.

Each year, New World Mata­mata sells ban­dan­nas to raise funds for Can­Teen and at the end of the cam­paign there are al­ways some leftover.

Fol­low­ing a sug­ges­tion from an em­ployee, this year owner Ewan Ather­ton de­cided to do­nate some ban­dan­nas to the lo­cal quilt­ing group.

“They were just sit­ting in boxes and we thought ‘ how can we make some­thing of these that’s cool?’,” said Mr Ather­ton.

Quilter Shirley Frew was more than happy to help but didn’t quite know what she was let­ting her­self in for.

“We were ex­pect­ing maybe one or two boxes but we ended up get­ting five,” she said.

Twenty mem­bers of Mata­mata Patch­work and Quil­ters took part, mak­ing 41 quilts from about 500 ban­dan­nas.

“It was a mas­sive project for us but a happy one,” said Mrs Frew.

Most of the quilts were gifted to res­i­dents at Pohlen Hospi­tal, while the rest would be do­nated back to Can­Teen.

Two spe­cial Dan Carter quilts and a Maria Tu­taia quilt were made and would be signed and auc­tioned off to raise money for both Pohlen and Can­Teen.

The quil­ters would like to thank Mr Ather­ton for pro­vid­ing the ban­dan­nas, as well as the Mata­mata Ki­wa­nis Club for their do­na­tion, which was used to pur­chase back­ing fab­ric.

Cosy: Pohlen Hospi­tal res­i­dent Alis­tair Frew, pic­tured with his wife, Shirley Frew, and New World Mata­mata owner Ewan Ather­ton, en­joy­ing his new quilt.

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